Outside of the University of Alabama, which is basically an NFL team every season, good luck finding a college football team more talented in the 2017 season than Coach Jimbo Fisher’s Florida State Seminoles. They are +600 on MyBookie odds to give Fisher his second national title for FSU. It’s too early for me to predict if that will happen, but here are some predictions I feel confident about.
2017 College Football Betting Predictions for Florida State Seminoles
Florida State Seminoles Will Reach Double-Digit Wins AgainMyBookie lists FSU’s win total at 9.5 for this season, with the over a -150 favorite. Now, remember that when sportsbooks list win totals for college football teams that it’s only for the 12-game regular season. No conference title games or bowls.Fisher took over for the legendary Bobby Bowden at FSU for the 2010 season. The Seminoles have won at least 10 games every year but one – in 2011 they were 9-4. They will win at least 10 regular-season games this year, barring major injury.Florida State has 16 starters back and probably only three realistic chances to lose: Week 1 vs. Alabama in Atlanta, at Clemson and at Florida. I don’t see Miami or Louisville going to Tallahassee and winning. Clemson is rebuilding a bit and FSU has killed Florida the past two years. Getting to 10 wins shouldn’t be problem.
Fisher Is Linked To Other JobsWhen you are ultra-successful at a school, there are always going to be rumors that you might be leaving at some point for more money or a bigger challenge. Last year when LSU fired Les Miles, reports were that the school went hard after Fisher, who has LSU ties. Maybe Fisher was just using LSU as leverage but he was able to get a nice fat extension from Florida State.Fisher will earn $5.55 million per year starting this season, a $300,000 raise, which keeps him as the fifth-highest paid coach in the country. He will earn an incredible $57 million before bonuses through the 2026 season. Fisher also has a range of bonus incentives from $50,000 to $250,000, and will receive $1.6 million if he stays at the school through the contract.Fisher reportedly turned down a $6.8 million offer from LSU to stay with the Seminoles. That’s all fine. But an NFL team can always pay more than a college. Many NCAA coaches want to test themselves at the highest level. Some NFL team will sniff around Fisher. So might schools such as Notre Dame and Texas A&M if they come open.
Noles Won’t Miss Dalvin Cook MuchFSU’s offensive star the past three years was running back Dalvin Cook, who holds the school’s all-time rushing mark and is among the conference’s leading rushers in history. He was a spectacular player. Cook declared early for the NFL draft and was a second-round pick of the Vikings.The Noles will be just fine without him. Junior Jacques Patrick figures to open the season as the No. 1. He has been Cook’s backup for the past two years, and while his carries were limited, he’s shown the ability to be a feature back. At 6-foot- 2, 231-pounds, Patrick is tough to bring down once he gets going.Behind him, there’s freshman Cam Akers, who is a burly 5-foot- 11, 213 pounds. Akers is the highest ranked offensive recruit FSU has ever signed, and he looked the part during the Garnet and Gold spring game after early enrolling. Akers ran for 87 yards on 10 carries and also caught two passes.
Deondre Francois Will Be Heisman FinalistThe key to FSU’s season is sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois. I don’t think he’ll win the Heisman this year – he’s +1100 on MyBookie – but will earn a trip to New York as a finalist.Last year as a freshman, Francois threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and helped FSU finish 10-3 after winning the Orange Bowl. He rushed for 198 yards (after sacks were taken out) and five touchdowns.With the sack yards not removed from his total, Francois ran for more than 500 yards last season. The passing yardage total was fifth-best in school history. He finished behind pretty elite company in Chris Weinke (4,167), Jameis Winston (4,057 and 3,907) and EJ Manuel (3,397). Weinke and Winston were Heisman Trophy winners, and Manuel was a 2013 first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills. Francois won ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year and overall Rookie of the Year.”This guy is a big-time player,” Fisher said. “He can lead; he is tough, accurate and can throw the ball. He will make a lot of money in this game one day. He is getting better and better.”
Latest Florida State Seminoles Betting Trends
- Odds to Win 2018 National Championship: +600
- Odds to Win ACC Conference: EV
- Odds to Win ACC Atlantic Division: -200
- 2017-18 Regular Season Win Total: O 9½ -150 / U 9½ +120